Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on the looming potential disaster if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were to defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the ballot box in November.
Zuckerberg, who is a billionaire and vastly more wealthy than Trump the failed businessman, spoke out at a Facebook development conference. He said, “As I travel around the world I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some case even cutting access to the Internet.”
While Zuckerberg didn’t personally name Trump, there is little doubt by those who are paying attention who he meant when he said “fearful voices calling for building walls.” Zuckerberg ended his speech on a high note with a positive message of hope, “It takes courage to choose hope over fear. People will always call you naive but it’s this hope and this optimism that’s behind every important step forward.”
With his condemnation of Trump’s hateful and fearful rhetoric meant to incite violence amongst American voters, Zuckerberg joins a chorus line of celebrities and influential individuals who have publicly declared against Donald Trump. Watching Trump’s climb to popularity, only to now see his support eroding and his polling numbers dwindle is quite satisfying. In fact, there has yet to be a billionaire who has endorsed Trump’s brand — and for good reason. A businessman knows when assets are toxic, and an endorsement of Trump would be exactly that.
Watch Zuckerberg’s full speech below: